Integumentary System

Integumentary System introduces students to this body system that contains the skin, hair, nails, and sweat glands. Students will learn a lot of unique facts about each of these features. They will discover why all of these parts are so important for the body.

There are many suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you could add to your lesson. One option is to assign pairs of students one part of the integumentary system and have them create a poster about it. You could also invite a dermatologist to speak with the class. Another option is to have students create their posters in such a way that they can be cut into the shape of the human body.

What our Integumentary System lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Integumentary System teaches students about the parts and functions of this body system. Students will discover that the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands are all parts of this system. They will discuss specific facts about each of these features. By the end, they will be able to identify the parts and functions of the integumentary system.

There are three content pages in this lesson. The first page introduces the system and what it includes. It describes the layers of the skin in detail and describes the functions of the skin. The lesson then details the remaining features: hair, nails, and glands.

Students will discover many cool facts about these features. For instance, they will discover that hair exists partly to protect the body from UV rays and to insulate the body and keep it warm. They will also learn why their nails are pink in the nail beds.

Finally, students will learn about the exocrine glands. They will discover that there are three main types that all have special functions. The lesson explains each one in detail.


Students will work with a partner for the activity portion. The worksheet outlines instructions for creating a poster that is 20 square feet. Each pair of students will then add as many details about the system as possible. They will need to get creative in whatever ways they can, like drawing hands and feet. Additionally, they need to add a creative title.


For the practice worksheet, students must match a definition to the correct term. There are 20 definitions to match.


There are two sections on the homework assignment. The first section requires students to circle the correct choice for a series of 10 statements. There are three options for each statement. For the second section, students will answer each question. There is a total of 12 questions.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards

CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, 4, 7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.